Judge ‘Very Impressed’ by Live Tweeting From Courtroom

Judge 'Very Impressed' by Live Tweeting From Courtroom

A Nova Scotia judge is welcoming Twitter into his courtroom with open arms.

Live-tweeting from a courtroom is an issue that hasn’t quite reached consensus, with some courts allowing journalists the full use of their smartphones during trial and others banning Twitter outright.

However, one judge from Nova Scotia, Canada is firmly in the “Twitter-approved” camp.

As Metro News reports, Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has said that he “couldn’t get over how well [Twitter in the courtroom] worked,” after allowing reporters to live tweet during a recent trial.

The trial, that of Lyle Howard, a Halifax lawyer convicted of sexual assault, occurred after the May 15th unveiling of new policies governing the use of electronics during courtroom proceedings in the province. The policy outlines the use of communications like Twitter as being allowed in most courtrooms, unless banned by the presiding judge.

Judge Kennedy explained that he was very impressed with the use of Twitter in his courtroom in a recent interview.

“I’d come back [to my office] occasionally and go on the computer after I’d been to the courtroom – I’d tell my colleagues that I used to have to come back here to find out what happened,” he joked.

The senior Crown attorney prosecuting the case even printed out a reporter’s tweets for use as reference notes throughout the trial.

“I think that an informed public would agree most of the time with what we’re trying to do. Tweeting, that’s all part of that.”

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